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Pirating conserved phage mechanisms promotes promiscuous staphylococcal pathogenicity island transfer

Overview of attention for article published in eLife, August 2017
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Title
Pirating conserved phage mechanisms promotes promiscuous staphylococcal pathogenicity island transfer
Published in
eLife, August 2017
DOI 10.7554/elife.26487
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Authors

Janine Bowring, Maan M Neamah, Jorge Donderis, Ignacio Mir-Sanchis, Christian Alite, J Rafael Ciges-Tomas, Elisa Maiques, Iltyar Medmedov, Alberto Marina, José R Penadés

Abstract

Targeting conserved and essential processes is a successful strategy to combat enemies. Remarkably, the clinically important Staphylococcus aureus pathogenicity islands (SaPIs) use this tactic to spread in nature. SaPIs reside passively in the host chromosome, under the control of the SaPI-encoded master repressor, Stl. It has been assumed that SaPI de-repression is effected by specific phage proteins that bind to Stl, initiating the SaPI cycle. Different SaPIs encode different Stl repressors, so each targets a specific phage protein for its de-repression. Broadening this narrow vision, we report here that SaPIs ensure their promiscuous transfer by targeting conserved phage mechanisms. This is accomplished because the SaPI Stl repressors have acquired different domains to interact with unrelated proteins, encoded by different phages, but in all cases performing the same conserved function. This elegant strategy allows intra- and inter-generic SaPI transfer, highlighting these elements as one of nature's most fascinating subcellular parasites.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Unknown 56 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 15 27%
Student > Bachelor 9 16%
Researcher 8 14%
Student > Master 5 9%
Professor > Associate Professor 2 4%
Other 6 11%
Unknown 11 20%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 15 27%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 11 20%
Immunology and Microbiology 9 16%
Medicine and Dentistry 2 4%
Chemical Engineering 1 2%
Other 4 7%
Unknown 14 25%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 17. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 15 May 2018.
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#1,694,140
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#5,074
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#35,562
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